Western nations and Japan have criticized Russia at a UN Security Council meeting over Saturday's missile strike on an apartment building in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine.
The session was held in New York on Tuesday at Russia's request. It was chaired by Japan, which currently holds the council's rotating presidency.
Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused Ukraine of violating the rights of pro-Russian citizens and once again justified the military operation.
But some participants condemned Russia for the Dnipro attack, which killed more than 40 citizens including children.
Albania's envoy Ferit Hoxha said the "brutal strike, reportedly by a modern missile carrying a one-ton war head" ended the lives of innocent civilians.
Japan's Ambassador Ishikane Kimihiro said, "Any arguments cannot justify the flagrant violation of international laws and hideous acts we are currently witnessing," including the Dnipro attack.
Russia's Nebenzia dismissed the claim that Moscow deliberately targeted a civilian facility.
He said a Russian missile fell onto the apartment building as it was downed by a Ukrainian air defense system that was positioned in a residential quarter.
The ambassadors of China, Brazil and some other places did not refer to the Dnipro attack but appealed for a quick end to the fighting in Ukraine.